5th Parents: A Few Words About Instrument Selection...

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Instrument Selection

If you already have an instrument:
You must have your instrument checked by myself, Music Arts Center or another reputable music dealer before your child will be permitted to use it.  Bring it to the parent meeting.  It is important that a child’s instrument be in good working order and in a good state of repair.  It is challenging enough to learn how to play, but even tougher when their instrument is not working properly.  Even though grandpa’s trumpet may be paid for, it may no longer be in good shape.  It is worth the money to bring an instrument up to playing condition.  If an instrument has been neglected or left in storage, it may take up to $200 to renovate it.  I will not permit students to participate with instruments that are not in good working order.  You might want to consider renting a new instrument to make learning for your child easier. 

If you are looking to buy an instrument on your own:
Cheapest is not always best.  Even though a $50 garage sale clarinet is good on the wallet, it may not be a quality instrument or in good working order.  Please consult Mr. Keller or a music dealer on makes and models of instruments that you may consider buying.  We will give you an honest opinion whether it is suitable and/or worth the money.  I do insist however: DO NOT buy instruments from catalogs such as JC Penney or Sears, or department stores such as Target or Wal-Mart.  They are low quality instruments that are designed as TOYS and not MUSIC INSTRUCTION.  They are not easily repaired, break frequently, and are impossible to play well.  I will not permit students to participate in band with one of these instruments.

If you plan on renting from Music Arts Center:

I have worked closely with Music Arts (formerly Colonial Music) in last thirteen years.  Music Arts Center has stores in Columbus, and provides several rent, rent-to-own, and purchase options.  Their salespeople are knowledgeable and friendly, and their repair shop employs a highly-trained staff.  Please consider renting a new or rental return instrument to insure your child is learning to play a quality instrument that, with proper care, will last a long time.  Quality student models have been chosen by me, and are recommended on my ten years in teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced band classes.


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